Hello friends! My name’s Ray Pederson. I’m a trans man living in the good ol’ PNW! I grew up in Skagit Valley, Washington where people like me were harassed, shut-out and/or bullied for not fitting in with the social norm. There’s this vivid memory that I have from my childhood where I’m imagining myself growing up to be a man wearing a fancy suit, walking down the street as I casually swung my briefcase. Despite years of battling my own internalized homo/transphobia for years, I never thought I’d see the day where I’d feel ready to say tata to my tatas. But it’s time. I want to move forward with my life feeling like a man. On October 6th, I had the appointment of a lifetime! As Dr. _________ drew all over my chest and explained what my chest would look like after surgery. I left the appointment feeling larger-than-life. Top surgery felt so close - I could taste it! That feeling lasted 2 glorious days until I got a call informing me that my insurance would be covering a very small percentage of the total cost of my procedure. I am responsible for coming up with $7,000 to pay out of pocket. It’s been a big struggle to come to terms with the fact that in order to: - feel comfortable in my own skin - see the man that I’ve always imagined seeking when I looked in the mirror - truly feel the happiness I felt while I was discussing the procedure at my consultation I need to come up with 7 grand. By January 5th, I need to come up with a $1,000 down payment and schedule my procedure. I’ve been working my booty off to try to but times are tough right now. Asking for help isn’t easy for me; in fact, writing this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But it’s clear to me now that the darkness I’ve been living in for so many years can’t continue any longer! I’m ready to feel electric and larger-than-life all the time! I cannot lose any more years of my life to fear and dysphoria. So... here I am, swallowing my pride and asking for help. Anything little things helps. What you’re able to donate will literally be going toward a procedure that’ll be improving my quality of life so I can move forward and take the next steps forward in my life.
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